When it comes to alternative wellness and energy healing, I know there’s a fine line between being open-minded and wanting some scientific evidence to back things up. That’s honestly what I love about studying the mysteries of the Universe, I enjoy the challenge of finding ways to respond to those raised eyebrows. I know most people don’t need scientific facts and evidence to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing treatments like Reiki, but for those a little more skeptical, I’ve done some research and gathered evidence that I believe demystifies the magic of Reiki and base it on more scientific reality.
Let’s face it, the scientific community has historically been slow to consider alternative therapies such as Reiki, acupuncture or even osteopathy as legitimate treatments. Does this mean they are not beneficial? No, absolutely not. It just means that science has not yet caught up with these healing methods. This can be due to many reasons, such as the New Age stigma attached to the abstract nature of energy-based healing or a lack of research due to that same stigma.
To believe in the benefits of the ancient Japanese energy healing technique, Reiki, you must first understand the idea of a Universal life force that exists within and around everything. This energy is the essence of life, and flows through us all. It is what is known as qi (or chi) in Eastern medicine. The intent of Eastern medicine is to balance that qi in order to reach a state of optimal physical and emotional health.
In the practice of Reiki, the Reiki healer connects with this life energy through non-intrusive hands-on healing that harmonizes any imbalance in the mind and emotions as well as in the physical body. Reiki practitioners channel this energy and promote healing by placing their hands in specific positions on the body.
So where does the spiritual realm meet science?
Through quantum physics we understand that energy and matter are interchangeable, this is what Albert Einstein showed us this with his famous equation of E= mc2.
The equation in simple words, means that energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light. Atomic energy vibrates at different rates. In other words, we know that everything in the known universe is energy that vibrates and oscillates at different specific frequencies. Even solid matter is actually a form of illusion because what we perceive as solid is also moving energy.
You can think in terms of frequency, just like tuning a radio station. We are limited to our five basic senses, only able to perceive a tiny fraction of these vibrating particles, but science tells us there are many frequencies far beyond the small realm of our perception.
The atoms that make up our physical bodies are no exception, like everything else they also vibrate at a certain frequency. We have our own biomagnetic field, an energy that like all other energy, can be directed and manipulated.
Biology explains that our cells communicate with each other through small impulses. These are called biophotons (which means biological light), little sparks of conscious energy that we carry in our bodies. These small light pulses or biophotons are what allow all cells to communicate with each other. They travel through our body in the myofascial system like an immense energetic highway.
These impulses are literally carrying the building blocks of life within them. This energy is light and always moving both inside and around our body, but of course we cannot perceive these different vibrations of energy with our limited senses.
You know what’s pretty mind blowing about these biophotons? They were successfully photographed in a single drop of water in 2006. Of course the photography had to be done with a somatoscope with a magnification of 30000x. The researchers discovered that at the center of one biophoton, within this spark of light was a six-pointed star. The bio-photon went through a series of changes, going from black to white, to black to white and then to a star within a star.
Isn’t it amazing that the six-pointed star is such a sacred symbol in our culture, dating back centuries? This hexagon shape is the very essence of life. What ancient information could we have lost over the centuries that our ancestors knew more about? Hundreds and hundreds of years of spiritual teachings are now being supported by a scientific theory that all things in the universe are connected.
We know that energy in the form of light is moving around our physical body and electromagnetic fields all the time. This light energy is everywhere and inside everything, it always vibrates and oscillates in different frequencies and is not perceptible to us.
So how does all this relate to Reiki? Reiki uses that light energy to balance and cleanse both the body’s physical matter and the electromagnetic energy field that surrounds and flows through it.
Reiki practitioners act as a channel for this conscious energy, and with loving intention let it flow and be absorbed where the individual needs it most. The Reiki energy flow brings balance and equilibrium, assisting with a wide range of symptoms from anxiety, stress and depression to specific pain, conditions, mental fatigue, overwhelm and healing of past traumas.
Receiving Reiki healing is a purely positive experience as the practitioner does not influence where the energy goes or what it does, the energy always operates according to its own laws and will balance and heal where the individual needs it. the most.
Having a reiki treatment is relaxing and soothing, people report feeling incredibly relaxed and calm afterwards. Many people also feel a tingling sensation, mild goose bumps and/or a feeling of glowing warmth as they experience the energy healing. This is the result of energy as it flows through you and around you.
In recent years more and more studies have been done regarding the beneficial effects of Reiki on the health of patients and the holistic therapy seems to be gaining respect within the medical community. In the UK, Reiki treatments are now recognized within the National Health System. A 2014 study showed that Reiki can help with depression and anxiety. Reiki has proven to be useful in controlling the side effects of cancer, helping people cope better with the disease.
It seems that at least, modern medicine is ready to accept that the Reiki technique is able to stimulate and support healing. Some conclusions have been made that this is simply due to patients receiving one treatment, and benefiting from that unique touch.
One thing is certain, Reiki induces a state of deep relaxation similar to meditation. It took some time for science to take meditation seriously, but now brain studies clearly show the physiological effects of regularly quieting the mind.
I believe there is much more to learn about the healing benefits of Reiki energy and that one day it will leave the skeptics behind forever. Our infinite Universe is full of mystery and yet we are an integral part of that mystery. Our own energy, positive thoughts and intentions are reflected back to us through the world around us.
Above all I have experienced that Reiki can bring great peace, deep connection and faith in oneself. Even if science can’t make definite conclusions, as far as I’m concerned, taking that time to connect and open your mind to energy healing is very productive.
After all, if you want to be able to hear the language of the Universe, you don’t need a degree in science, you just need an open mind, a loving heart and a desire to look beyond the ordinary world to all the magic of away. .